When I was in Munich last year, my then four-year old niece, who speaks German, was trying to help me with my pronunciation of German words. She would say a word, and I would try to repeat it. Invariably, her response to me would be, “Not so good.”
Today, when I opened up my now cooled kiln, that was my response. While I gained some important information regarding the glazes I was using, and the way my kiln fired yesterday, very little actually fired successfully. It’s very disheartening to see what represents hours and hours of work get ruined by a bad glaze firing. This is one of the hardest things about working in ceramics. There are so many opportunities for something to go wrong, things that I have very little control over. I’ve had to learn to let go of control of the process and today I had another opportunity to practice this skill.